SIBLEY – Three Webster Parish teams brought home hardware from this weekend’s 24th annual Don Stahl Memorial Tournament at Lakeside High School.
The Minden Lady Tiders got to pose for what could be the first of many tournament celebration photographs in 2017-18, as they defeated North DeSoto 60-19 in the girls bracket championship game.
The Lady Tiders defeated the Haughton Lady Bucs 68-41 in the semifinals to reach the championship game, led by Bre Rodgers with 20 points, Destini Powell with 17 points and Tayler Banks with 9 points. That game proved more challenging than the title match, as Minden ran out to 43-11 lead by halftime against North DeSoto.
“We’re proud as a team and very happy to win the tournament,” Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. “I’m really pleased with the growth this team is showing early in the season. I’d like to thank our fans for coming out and showing great support all weekend, but we have to move on and be ready for what comes next; but we did a lot of good things this weekend.”
Sha’Terra “Strawberry” Batton led Minden with 15 points in the championship game after sitting out the semifinal win due to a nagging injury. Derrica Gilbert came through with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Banks and Rodgers each added 7 points.
The Lady Tiders jump right back into action Monday night as they take on Haughton and the Lady Bucs at home in The Palace at 6 p.m.
The Minden Crimson Tide and Lakeside Warriors met in the boys consolation finals with the Warriors coming away victorious 60- 55 in front of a large crowd at Warrior Gymnasium. Lakeside defeated Ringgold 55-47 to reach the consolation finals, while Minden took out Loyola in double overtime 85-81.
“Once again, my team played with tremendous effort,” Minden head coach Rennie Bailey said. “We played a great ball game against Loyola. As young as we are, I thought we showed great composure in both overtimes.
“Against Lakeside, we battled and fought, but I think fatigue played a factor.”
Curtis Carter led Minden with 18 points against Loyola, followed by Trey Oliver with 17 points and Zi Crawford with 16 points; Cedrick Emerson led the Tide against Lakeside, dropping 15 points, while Crawford, Carter and Martayvius Sims added 8 a piece.
But it was first-year head coach Marlon McDaniel’s Warriors who hoisted the third place trophy by defeating the Tide. McDaniel agreed with Bailey’s assessment about fatigue, saying the game plan involved heavy doses of running.
“We figured keeping an uptempo style would be to our advantage,” McDaniel said. “But we have to give Minden credit. They didn’t do a bunch of leaning on the ropes, they threw a bunch of punches back at us. As for my team, we’re getting better every time we play.”
Minden will host Captain Shreve Monday at The Palace and travel to Gibsland-Coleman on Tuesday, while Lakeside travels to Northwood on Tuesday.
In the girls’ consolation finals, the Lakeside Lady Warriors came out on top in a heated affair with the Lakeview Lady Gators 53-47.
“It was a good game, back-and-fourth the whole way,” Lady Warrior head coach Rendi Dillard said.
“It was a great effort by our whole team. I’m proud of how our seniors are leading this group. We were able to limit a really good scorer for Lakeview (Derika Browder) to 11 points tonight with great defense.”
Dillard praised LaCandria Key for taking three crucial charges in the paint and freshman Ja’Mya Jackson for leading the scoring effort with 15 points. Key finished with 9 points.
The Lady Warriors defeated North Webster 44-20 to reach the consolation finals.
Dillard and her team will be back on the court Tuesday against Northwood on the road.